Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the socialist darling of the mainstream media, but Bernie Sanders left no doubt last week he is her conscience.
During a speech in June at George Washington University, the Senator from Vermont actively promoted what amounts to rewriting The Bill of Rights from top to bottom.
Sanders quoted from FDR’s State of the Union address in which he said, “We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.”
Citing figures that draw attention to vast wealth disparity in the United States, Sanders said that “despite an explosion in technology and worker productivity” the average American worker makes no more in real dollars than 46 years ago.
He then repeated a claim common to Ocasio-Cortez and other far left Democrats saying, “millions of people are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive.”
Sanders called for a new Bill of Rights based on the socialist creed that “Economic Rights are Human Rights.” Sanders’ Economic Bill of Rights affirms that all Americans should be guaranteed:
- The right to a decent job that pays a living wage
- The right to quality health care
- The right to a complete education
- The right to affordable housing
- The right to a clean environment
- The right to a secure retirement
Unlike earlier in Sanders’ political career, socialism is no longer a label for Democrats to fear. Once the domain of those on the far-left fringe of the party, Socialism and calls for a reboot of our basic rules of government are more and more common among party members.
When Democrat candidate John Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado, told the California Democratic convention earlier this year, “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer,” he was roundly booed.
Aware of a growing sentiment for his brand of Democratic Socialism and an accompanying new Bill of Rights, Sanders said,
“There is a growing movement towards oligarchy and authoritarianism in which a small number of incredibly wealthy and powerful billionaires own and control a significant part of the economy and exert enormous influence over the political life of our country. On the other hand, in opposition to oligarchy, there is a movement of working people and young people who, in ever increasing numbers, are fighting for justice.”
Following his speech, Sanders told Anderson Cooper of CNN his Economic Bill or Rights requires a mass movement like one seen in the labor movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, and the gay rights movement.
Sander then called for, in his own words, “a political revolution” that would more alight the United States with Democratic Socialist countries in Scandinavia and Western Europe.”
A call for a change to The Bill of Rights is not peculiar to Bernie Sanders, however. Mike LaChance of American Lookout warned “The Democratic Party is Waging Open War on the Bill of Rights.” He notes that the past few months have seen key members of the Democratic Party target the 1st, 2nd, and 5th Amendments in an all-out assault.
When Gabby Giffords was shot, talk show host Bill Maher said the Democrats should declare its opposition to the 2nd Amendment. Rep. Keith Elison (Dem. – MN) agreed saying, “I sure wish they would.”
Democrat Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania declared last week, “The Second Amendment needs some changing, because Americans don’t agree with it and we’ve had it.”
The first Democratic Party debate revealed nothing short of hate-filled Marxist propaganda that was so blatant even The New York Times admitted where the party is quickly headed.
One op-ed in The Times lamented, “Several of the candidate hopefuls were falling all over themselves in their call for radical change for the Nation—calling for no less than a Marxist Revolution. Their exuberance was on clear display for all to see.”
Despite what Sanders preached to the choir at George Washington University, most Americans do not want to see America’s history rewritten. We don’t want our legal system to become subordinate to foreign tribunals no matter what Brett Stephens, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Cuomo, and Eric Swalwell think.
Bernie Sanders’ ideal of economic human rights is a miserable failure in Central and South America and things aren’t nearly as rosy as he claims in Denmark.
Yascha Mounk, a product European social democracy, reminds us that “human nature” is “made for freedom”. A Bernie Sanders’ America is not.